Siting (pseudonym), originally from rural China, said she never had much luck in the relationship department. Frustrated because she never seemed to be noticed by men, she sought out cosmetic surgery, and in 2011, underwent a breast augmentation procedure to upgrade her naturally “flat” chest to a B cup. Fast forward three years, and Siting, despite having a successful career and a part-time modeling gig, remained single and unsatisfied.
Her belief is that when men look at a woman, the first thing they see is her chest. This has seemingly led her to subscribe to the notion that “bigger is better,” and that her best bet to attract a man is to go bigger.
So, on November 11, also Singles’ Day in China, Siting traveled to Shanghai to undergo another operation, this time to swap out her B cup implants for F cups. A photographer followed her all the way into the operating theater to document her extreme measures to find love.
Pictured above is Siting’s original 200cc transplant next to the custom 600cc replacement.
Siting puts on her surgical gowns and waits in the operation room.
Doctors map out the operation site.
She receives anesthesia.
Doctors hold up the custom 600cc replacement implant.
Siting fills in her information.
Post-operation, she sits with bandages wrapped around her “transformed” chest.
Siting’s story is hardly unique. Considering the increasingly competitive marriage market in China and the struggles women face with discrimination in the work place, more and more Chinese women are going under the knife in hopes to find a better career and a husband.
“The dramatic economic, cultural and political changes in China have produced immense anxiety experienced by women, which stimulates the belief that beauty is capital,” Wen Hua, an anthropologist and author of “Buying Beauty: Cosmetic Surgery in China,” told The Daily Beast.
China has become the world’s third largest market for plastic surgery, after the US and Brazil, with well over 200 million patients seeking cosmetic operations annually. Recently, images of 20 such patients’ extreme transformations gained massive attention online.